Fantasy Football Start'em, Sit'em: Week 6

In our Fantasy Football Start'em, Sit'em, Kevin Hanson discusses players to start (or sit):

QB - Deshaun Watson, Houston Texans (vs. CLE)

With 10 touchdowns -- nine passing and one rushing -- in his past two games, Watson has scored 33-plus fantasy points and finished as the weekly QB1 in back-to-back weeks. Even though Tom Savage started the season opener, Watson has scored the second-most fantasy points among all quarterbacks this season.

The great thing about Watson is that his dual-threat abilities provides fantasy owners with a solid floor even if he has an off day throwing the ball. For example, Watson threw for 125 yards and no touchdowns in Week 2 (his first start) yet scored 17.7 fantasy points as that week's QB7 due to a 5/67/1 rushing line.

Watson may not three-peat as the top weekly performer, but he gets a favorable matchup against the Browns. Not only have the Browns allowed the fourth-most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks this season, but only three teams have a higher implied total based on Vegas odds this week than the Texans.

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DFS Round Table: Favorite DraftKings Plays for Week 6

Every week of the 2017 NFL season, our contributors will provide their favorite DraftKings play of the week and share their thoughts in our weekly DFS Round Table post.

In some cases, the play is intended for tournaments (i.e., Guaranteed Prize Pools or GPPs); in other cases, it's for cash games (e.g., head-to-heads and 50-50's). Or both.

Who is your favorite DraftKings play for Week 6?

Kevin Hanson: Lamar Miller, RB, Houston Texans ($5,400)

As nearly double-digit home favorites, positive game script could lead to a huge day for Miller. Either way, Miller has a total of 95 touches -- 83 carries and 12 receptions -- with a minimum of 15 every week this season. Even though the Texans are high on rookie D'Onta Foreman, Miller dominated snaps in Sunday's loss to the Chiefs by a 56-to-nine margin over the rookie.

Based on DraftKings' main slate of games, which includes no primetime games, Miller has the 16th-highest price among running backs, but he is clearly a top-10 option during this slate. There are two games with no lines yet, but Houston has the third-highest implied total based on Vegas odds for the week. With double-digit DraftKings points in four of five games, Miller has a stable floor established as well as the upside for 100-plus yards and a score or two.

- Continue reading our Week 6 DFS Round Table

2017 Fantasy Football Rankings: Week 6

Kevin Hanson has posted his Week 6 Fantasy Football Rankings for both PPR and standard-scoring formats:

Week 6 NFL Picks Against the Spread

Every week, four of our contributors pick between two and five games each and assign a number of units (one to five) to their selection based on their confidence in the pick.

Below are Week 6 NFL picks against the spread from John Trifone:

New York Jets +9.5 over New England Patriots (4 Units)

At the beginning of the year, this spread might be thought to be too small. However, five weeks into the year, this spread is clearly way too high. The perception of the Patriots is what inflates the line. In reality, New England has been mediocre and Tom Brady has been getting beat up. The defense is suspect, and the Jets have been far better than expected. In New York, the Jets are certainly the right side here.

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Fantasy Football Waiver Wire: Week 5

Every week, we compile a list/rankings of players you should consider adding based on either a long- or short-term perspective. Below is our Week 5 waiver-wire post:

QB - Deshaun Watson, Houston Texans (35 percent Yahoo! ownership)

Things won't always go as well for Watson as they did in Week 4. In fact, that may end up being his best game over his entire rookie season. And he could certainly have some bad starts, as is typical for all rookies.

Even if he has some ups and downs over the rest of the season, it's been so far, so good with Watson. In three starts, Watson has finished with 17.7, 20.14 and 33.72 fantasy points as the QB7, QB15 and QB1, respectively. Heading into Week 5, the rookie is currently the QB7.

On the season, Watson has completed nearly 65 percent of his pass attempts as he has thrown for 811 yards, seven touchdowns and four interceptions. More importantly for his fantasy outlook, he has 19 runs for 148 yards and two touchdowns. That dual-threat ability allows him to have a solid fantasy performance even when he struggles in the passing game like in Week 2 (125 passing yards and no touchdowns while finishing as the weekly QB7).

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Fantasy Football Strength of Schedule: Weeks 5 to 16

When it comes to picking up or trading for players, one factor to consider is the player's fantasy football strength of schedule. Far from the most important aspect of his outlook, a more favorable fantasy schedule could at least break the tie.

Based on the fantasy points each team has surrendered up to this point, we average what each team's remaining opponents have given up to each position. The higher the number, the more favorable their collective remaining matchups are.

Here are the QB Fantasy Football Strength of Schedule for the remainder of the year:

RankTeamPlayerCumulative PointsFantasy Playoffs
1Buffalo BillsTyrod Taylor19.0564.03
2Atlanta FalconsMatt Ryan17.9557.29
3Miami DolphinsJay Cutler17.8350.85
4Denver BroncosTrevor Siemian17.6151.79
5New York JetsJosh McCown17.3449.93

Full Strength of Schedules: * Note: Totals above are the average fantasy football points allowed based on their remaining opponents.

Consensus NFL Power Rankings

Every week, we compile consensus NFL Power Rankings, which are an aggregate from five sources. Below are the consensus power rankings heading into Week 5:

RankTeamRecordLastChg.Avg.ESPNNFLSICBSUSAT
1Kansas City Chiefs4-010111111
2Green Bay Packers3-140.83.225225
3Atlanta Falcons3-12-1.83.834444
4Detroit Lions3-15-0.25.292762
Full Week 5 NFL Consensus Power Rankings

2018 NFL Mock Draft

If anything in this mock is true, it's this statement: This mock will change often and significantly between now and the final version the night before the 2018 NFL Draft next April. As we move closer to the draft, I will continue to update this mock and eventually add all seven rounds.

Note: Draft order is determined by the inverse order of consensus 2017 NFL Power Rankings.

For now, here is an early look at how the 2018 NFL Draft could play out:

1. Cleveland Browns (Draft History): Sam Darnold, QB, USC Trojans

Of course, it takes time to accurately evaluate a draft class, but the widely-held view is that the Browns had a strong draft. Resisting any rumored temptation to draft a quarterback at No. 1 overall, the Browns instead opted for the most talented player in the 2017 draft class: Myles Garrett. They did use a high pick (No. 52 overall), however, on Notre Dame quarterback DeShone Kizer, a nice value at that spot.

It's certainly possible that Kizer gets a chance to start a game or two down the stretch especially if the Browns have a poor enough record to earn the top overall pick again, but there's no need to force him into action. In addition, the amount of draft capital used to draft Kizer doesn't necessarily rule out using this pick on a potential franchise-changing quarterback like Darnold.

The early favorite in Vegas to win the Heisman Trophy, Darnold could be the most coveted of this talented crop of signal-callers. With prototypical physical tools as well as outstanding poise and leadership, the redshirt freshman engineered an instant-classic come-from-behind victory over Penn State in Rose Bowl as he threw for 453 yards and five scores.

2. New York Jets (Draft History): Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming Cowboys

It's unclear who will be the Week 1 starter for Gang Green, but Josh McCown, Bryce Petty and Christian Hackenberg currently fill their quarterback room. In other words, there's a good chance that their Week 1 starter in 2018 is not currently on the roster.

Allen has great size (6-5, 222) and plays in a pro-style offense although he is a bit raw. As one AFC Exec told MMQB's Albert Breer, "Hes a big ol kid with a big arm, and hes pretty athletic too. We gotta learn more about him, but the tools are there." Coincidentally, Allen plays at Wyoming for Craig Bohl, who recruited Carson Wentz to North Dakota State.

3. San Francisco 49ers (Draft History): Derwin James, S, Florida State Seminoles

If the 49ers make it three consecutive quarterbacks with UCLA's Josh Rosen here, it wouldn't be a surprise. That said, it's perhaps more likely that Kirk Cousins signs a free-agent deal with the 49ers next offseason.

Meanwhile, one ACC coach said of James before the start of last season: "Derwin James is flat scary good. He could probably start at all 11 positions. Hes one of those freaky guys who might be better than [Jalen] Ramsey when its all said and done."

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